“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Friday, September 6, 2013

New American Survival Guide on the newsstand.

 The magazine is settling down some and getting better. It's still aimed at high end buyers, but some of the articles in this one don't necessarily center around some product they are touting.

The magazine costs $9.00 at Walmart and that's not cheap, but this issue was interesting. They had a purpose built bug out vehicle that was really nice. Not that any normal mortal could afford such a thing, but it was still fascinating to see the design. If you have money, I suppose you can build the best boat, truck, or whatever you are interested in.

You may remember Tim Ralston from the second season of Doomsday Preppers.  His business is featured in this edition and the guy seems to be doing quite well .  In the television show his inventions were bizarre, to be kind.  But I'm sure the producers picked out the most extreme items, since the tone of their show is to exaggerate the more unusual tendencies of their subjects.

Today is spectacular here on the mountain.  There's a cool dry breeze blowing, and hardly any humidity.
It's a perfect day to work around the place and I've gotten a few minor chores done this morning that have been hanging fire. All in all today has the makings of a great day.


8 comments:

  1. Is that a crovel I see on the cover? Prepping on an unlimited budget would be fun but I still would prefer the basics, toys are just that.

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    1. Max, what's a crovel?

      I don't know, if you saw this truck I bet you would want it. I wanted it. With that, you could go damn near anywhere and live in style. I have no bug out plan, I'm going to stay here and die in place unless there's a fire, because this place was designed as my retreat from the get go. But I'd still like to have that truck.

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  2. Ralston shooting the end of his thumb off was probably the only scene in the whole series that hasn't been dramatized. I was going to say something snarky about him doing that but decided against it. For a lot of folks it was a good thing to see, as in, "what not to do."

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    1. I was ashamed when that happened. It was like he made all of us look like idiots. But I guess it was good television and the producers probably gave him a ten thousand dollar bonus. I know that they offered that girl survivalist in the city that ran around in short shorts a thousand if she would kill her cat on camera. She proved to have better judgement in that instance than in her choice of but out clothing, and told them to pack sand. Ralston is making hay while the sun shines, selling his mad max gear to the preppers from Generation X. Some of it actually looks functional.

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    2. I meant "bug out" clothing. Must have been a Freudian slip.

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    3. Your slip actually speaks the truth.

      At any rate, shortly after that episode she enlisted in the Army. I admired that. She probably went in in better shape than many of the others.

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  3. She probably saved her own life by going in the Army. A lot of people grow up without discipline, without a sense of belonging to a cooperative group, and without a sense of their own worth. They usually wind up in jail or screwed up on drugs. She had the right stuff, she just needed some guidance and structure, and the Army will give her that.

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  4. Ralston didn't get paid a dime. And the accident is NOT as it appears.
    Someone in the know would know the firearm he was shooting did not match up with the sound that was shot.

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